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#407 - Authentic Railroad Cabooses And Depot Just Off The Blue Ridge Parkway

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Description

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cabin in Fancy Gap - Grassy Creek Cabooses #407

Railroad cabooses & cabin (depot) with high mountain meadow views for miles

Come spend some time in a real, completely refurbished railroad caboose (with all the modern amenities) just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Orchard Gap, approximate mile 193.5. Probably the most unique lodging along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Grassy Creek Cabooses are cabooses renovated into cabins for lodging/rental in the Blue Ridge mountains near Fancy Gap Virginia with private bath, kitchenette, 2 person Jacuzzi's, 32” flat screen satellite TV (w/over 145 channels), heat and air in each unit. We are convenient to I-77 near the NC/VA state line or highways 52 & 58. We're family owned and operated (we live on site) open since 2001. Please tell your friends, family and coworkers about us.

Relive a bygone era when train travel was fun and elegant. Come relax in a real caboose built by Nickel Plate Road or Norfolk Western and reminisce about the simpler times when everything wasn't so hectic and fast paced. Travel back in time and remember how you enjoyed waving to the brakeman in the caboose window when you were sitting at the tracks waiting for the end of the train to pass.

Perhaps you'd prefer to stretch out in our large mountain cabin, we call it the Depot. It's similar in appearance to some of the old depots that once dotted the landscape at small railroad stops across the country. The 2 person jacuzzi is in the bedroom with a queen size bed and an additional queen size sleeper sofa is in the living area. The depot is very spacious with over 500 sq/ft (16'x32') and features 3 decks 2 of them covered as well as all the other amenities of the cabooses. There is also a 34' flat screen TV in the living area. You will not find a cabin this size with all the extras we provide for less.

We have a few of the remaining mining cars from the old Austinville lead mines. There is only limestone left now but the mines used to produce the lead for musket balls, cannon balls and other things during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The lead was taken to the Shot Tower on the New River & molten lead was dropped down the tower into the river where it immediately cooled to form a round ball. The mines were opened in 1756 and were discovered by Colonel John Chiswell. The center car was an actual dynamite car but I had to rebuild it after it was out in the weather for around half a century.

We are members of Virginia Green. They promote recycling, conservation, energy efficiency and other environmentally friendly projects. There are bins on the decks for recycling. We do conserve electricity so we need advance notification to make sure everything is turned on for your stay. Reservations are suggested but drop ins are also welcome, just have to cut things on. Recycling requires more work but we believe it is a good cause. We're also installing LED lighting outdoors to reduce power demands.

Escape the hustle and bustle of urban life as you relax on one of the decks in an oversize rocker while taking in the high meadow, rolling countryside at an elevation around 3000 ft. There are a couple of oversize swings on the hill to relax and unwind while the world hurries by. Since we're just off the Blue Ridge Parkway you will find this to be a peaceful and serene setting.

Grassy Creek Cabooses is a great place for your anniversary, honeymoon or a romantic getaway. You will find our accommodations to be secluded & private. We are biker friendly.

On a clear night you can sit outside to see thousands of stars in the higher altitude without a bunch of those bright vapor lights. During the day you can walk around the 33+ acres and hike down the hill to Grassy Creek. There you can relax all by your lonesome among the pine & laurel thickets. On occasion you may see a doe & fawn run across or maybe even some turkeys or a buck. We have added some horseshoe pits for fun and relaxation.

Whether you're just stopping over while traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway or as a home base for the many local activities you will find Grassy Creek Cabooses to be a most enjoyable and memorable place to spend some time. Mabry Mill the most photographed spot on the parkway is north about 18 miles.

Address: 278 Caboose Lane Fancy Gap, VA 24328

GPS Position: 80°35'12"W, 36°40'21"N

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains just off the Blue Ridge Parkway between mileposts 193 & 194 at Orchard Gap. If traveling north on the parkway from hwy 52, turn left on Keno Rd at the Orchard Gap market and go 1.5 miles to Caboose Lane. If traveling south on the parkway from hwy 58 turn right on Keno rd at the Orchard Gap market.

I 77 traveling south - take exit 8 and turn left under the bridge, go approximately 1 mile to highway 52.

I 77 traveling north - take exit 8 and turn right, go approximately 1 mile to highway 52.

After exiting from I 77 - At highway 52 turn right (south) and go about 1 mile to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Get on the Parkway and go (north) about 6 miles to Orchard gap, approximate mile 193.5. Turn left off of the Parkway onto Keno rd (the paved road) and go about 1.5 miles to Caboose Lane, turn right on Caboose Lane and proceed to the office.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Donnie
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
27 November, 2016

About Donnie

We bought the land around 1997 and built the entire business from the rails/ground up on our own. We started with 2 Nickel Plate Road bay window cabooses then a few years later we added the N&W cupola caboose for our third. We stripped down the interiors of the cabooses & refurbished them ourselves. Then we added the Depot a couple of years later to accommodate more guests.

We're hoping to build something for the future for our children & granddaughter. She is already working on the business at 3 years old, if she is visiting she wants to help check folks in and insists on helping clean if we need to clean while she's here.

Donnie purchased this cabin in 1997

Why Donnie chose Blue Ridge Highlands

Probably the best sunsets around. Love the rural high meadow setting with virtually no traffic.

What makes this cabin unique

Quite possibly the most unique lodging along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

#407 - Authentic Railroad Cabooses And Depot Just Off The Blue Ridge Parkway
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews
5

Super Quiet, Fun Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in the caboose. It was a great space and had everything we needed. It was quiet, scenic, different, and just enough off the beaten path to help us get away as we were traveling from South Carolina to Pennsylvania.

Some considerations if you're looking at this property:

* It is about 20 - 25 minutes off the interstate. It's an easy and scenic drive, but it will add to your travel time. We realized this in advance, but didn't mind that it got us away from the hotels / motels that only offer views of passing traffic.

* Cell reception isn't great. Again, for us, this was a plus not a negative. It may be important for some others. We got sporadic reception, but not consistent.

* Pick up things you need before you go. As I mentioned it's a bit off the interstate, but the cabooses have the capacity to do some cooking and there are small refrigerators, so it's easy if you bring something for dinner or breakfast during your stay.

I highly recommend this place. The owners are on the property if you need them, but they aren't invasive or anything like that. The view from the deck or the swings is amazing. It really was one of the greatest finds we've had on our "we need a place to sleep overnight" explorations.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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5

Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous get-away!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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5

Very clean, comfortable accommodations.

  • 5 of 5

Stayed one night - would go back if ever in the area. Very comfortable and clean. Couch, satellite TV, efficiency kitchen, great view, friendly host. Always wanted to do what the owner has done to this caboose - would make a great lake cabin or second home.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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We were very pleased with our stay.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great trip. Making plans to visit again in the fall.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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5

A very peaceful and enjoyable time!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed two nights in this lovely repurposed caboose! The view from our windows and deck was just breathtaking! The owners thought of just about everything you could need in the caboose, and were a pleasure to work with! Off the beaten path, but that is part of what makes this such a great place to stay!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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Cozy stay and spectacular views

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stopped overnight on our way back to Ohio from South Carolina and we absolutely loved it. For the same price as a generic hotel, we had this unique experience instead. It's definitely off the beaten path, but well worth driving a little of the interstate. The caboose was comfortable and clean and the owners are very nice and accommodating. You're on top of a mountain in the Blue Ridge and the views are gorgeous. It was especially beautiful in the fall. The place was quiet and private. Not much around. We went back to Fancy Gap to eat. The Gap Deli at the Parkway is delicious! We will certainly be keeping this spot in mind the next time we travel down to the beach.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
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Location

Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Rap's (seasonal)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Old Mill & Skyland lakes
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I 77
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Lakeview

A listing of some things within 30 minutes of us. -

Dining:

Lakeview Restaurant ($),

Rap’s Bar & Grill ($),

Hillsville Diner ($),

Hungry Farmer ($),

Chateau Morrisette ($$$),

Olde Mill (Maples Restaurant) ($$$),

Galax Smokehouse ($$),

Numerous other restaurants in Hillsville

and Mount Airy -

Orchards:

Levering’s Orchard (cherries, peaches, apples),

Ayer’s Orchard (cherries, peaches, apples) -

Wineries/Breweries:

Chateau Morrisette,

Blacksnake Meadery,

Foggy Ridge Cider,

Old North State Winery & Brewery,

Shelton Vineyards,

Stanburn Winery,

Villa Appalaccia Winery -

Other:

Floydfest – Large music festival,

Hillsville Flea Market & Gun Show,

Maybry Mill – most photographed on parkway,

Rocky Knob – hiking,

Blue Ridge Music Center,

Rex Theater in Galax,

Shot tower state park,

New River Trail State Park,

Mayberry

Driving directions:

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains just off the Blue Ridge Parkway between mileposts 193 & 194 at Orchard Gap. If traveling north on the parkway from hwy 52, turn left on Keno Rd at the Orchard Gap market and go 1.5 miles to Caboose Lane. If traveling south on the parkway from hwy 58 turn right on Keno rd at the Orchard Gap market.

I 77 traveling south - take exit 8 and turn left under the bridge, go approximately 1 mile to highway 52.

I 77 traveling north - take exit 8 and turn right, go approximately 1 mile to highway 52.

After exiting from I 77 - At highway 52 turn right (south) and go about 1 mile to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Get on the Parkway and go (north) about 6 miles to Orchard gap, approximate mile 193.5. Turn left off of the Parkway onto Keno rd (the paved road) and go about 1.5 miles to Caboose Lane, turn right on Caboose Lane and proceed to the office.

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Fancy Gap, Blue Ridge Highlands

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Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 10.3%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Fancy Gap in Virginia

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
Notes:
Biker friendly, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Near several antique shope, Hillsville Flea Market, Floydfest, Galax, Mount Airy

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